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ERIC Number: ED540252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-23
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Staffing Trends in Public Colleges and Universities: A National Analysis 2001-2009
Zaback, Katie
State Higher Education Executive Officers
The international imperative for postsecondary education is growing, and the President has asked states to help America once again become the world leader in postsecondary attainment by 2020. It is not surprising that both policymakers and state higher education executives are taking a close look at how colleges and universities utilize resources to optimize efficiency and ensure more people have access to and benefit from affordable postsecondary education. Staffing makes up a large portion of budgets at all institutions of higher education and high quality staff is an essential component of quality education. Given the current context, it is important for systems and institutions to understand current staffing patterns so they can make informed decisions for efficient resource allocation. Current literature in higher education that examines staffing patterns focuses on the distribution of full-time and part-time instructional staff and the composition of staff types (or roles) at colleges and universities. This analysis examines trends in both these areas over time and by Carnegie classification for public colleges and universities. In recent months a number of reports have offered similar analyses of staffing patterns in higher education. The fiscal pressures in higher education are encouraging decision makers to take a closer look at college staffing trends, and these studies are designed to aid this effort. This report adds to the existing literature by digging deep into the overall trends in college staffing in the last ten years to provide state higher education executive offices with additional insight. Appended are: (1) FTE Calculation Details From IPEDS Glossary; (2) FTE Calculation Details From IPEDS Glossary; and (3) Relevant Groupings. (Contains 4 figures, 6 tables, and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers